National Catholic Education Executive Director Jacinta Collins has this week said changes to anti-discrimination laws must go hand-in-hand with proactive legislation to protect religious freedom.
Ms Collins was speaking regarding the proposed reforms outlined by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) in its current inquiry into religious educational institutions and anti-discrimination laws.
The Irene McCormack Catholic College community is celebrating 20 years of quality Catholic education this year, with the release of a book named Irene McCormack Catholic College, The First 20 Years – Prayer, Service, Justice.
As the Church in Australia prepares for Assembly 1 of Plenary 2020 (2-10 October, 2021), it has asked members to consider the question: “In what way does the Church in Australia recommit to the mission of Catholic education, including Catholic schools and universities in the decades to come?”
The role of Catholic schools has always been central to Australian Catholic identity, and the introduction of curricula and teaching practices, such as WA’s Religion and Life as an ATAR subject, plays an important role in the Church’s evangelisation and formation of young people.
Plenary asks for “candour and courage” as members examine the future of Catholic education.
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB celebrated CEWA’s 50th anniversary Mass on 24 May at St Mary’s Cathedral as dioceses nationwide marked the bicentenary anniversary of Catholic education’s inception in Australia.
Celebrations are continuing for 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia, marking the bicentenary of the first ‘official’ Catholic school opened in Parramatta in October 1820.
The life of the late Dr Richard Vincent McSweeney BA, Dip Ed, MA (Hons), Cert Soc Sc, PhD who departed on 31 December 2020, will go down in history as a man who was largely dedicated to the Catholic Church, to Catholic Education and to helping others. By Amanda Murthy.